College Station, Texas, Leases City Fiber Optic Cable to WireStar

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COLLEGE STATION, TX — The College Station City Council approved an annual agreement to lease spare city-owned fiber optic cable to WireStar, a local Internet service provider that will offer download speeds of up to 1 Gbps.

Increasing Competition in Fiber Offerings
The agreement brings competition into the local high-speed Internet market after Suddenlink launched ultra-high-speed service in July. It also marks the first time the city has leased its unused — or dark — fiber optic cable under an ordinance the council approved in March. WireStar will pay the city $21,580 in annual fees plus maintenance.

Fiber Available to Businesses First
“This gives our citizens and businesses more choice and offers a different type of service provided by a locally owned company,” Place-6 Councilman James Benham said. “The dark fiber is available for any company to lease, and we hope it leads to better services for our citizens. We’re not the first city to do this, but we’re definitely on the leading edge.”

WireStar’s ultra-high-speed service will initially be available only for commercial uses and large apartment complexes, but could expand to residential areas. Customers can use a survey tool at wirestar.net to enter their address and request service in their neighborhood. If enough residents sign up, that neighborhood could potentially receive service.

Benham says more high-speed Internet options will have a positive impact on local economic development and enhance the community’s quality of life. “Ultra-high-speed Internet services are vital to our residents and businesses,” Benham said. “It’s important to be able to connect with the world and do it quickly. In the past, we didn’t take bandwidth very seriously as a city, and we lost companies and jobs to cities that provided those types of services. One of the best things we can do is to make sure we have the infrastructure amenities that business owners and entrepreneurs need.”

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